A corrections officer at a facility in Lakeview has been charged with third-degree rape, according to local sources. New York State Police say they have discovered evidence that the 41-year-old man likely raped an inmate. He is scheduled to appear in court in January, where he will be accompanied by criminal defense representation.
Details about the allegations are not widely circulated at this time, but it has been confirmed that the man was arrested on Dec. 26 following an investigation into his activities. He is alleged to have carried on an "unlawful" relationship with an inmate at the minimum-security correctional facility where he works. The gender of that individual has not been revealed, but the facility incarcerates both men and women.
Several organizations, including the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, as well as the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Office of Special Investigation, took part in this case. The man now stands charged with one count of official misconduct and one count of third-degree rape. If he is found guilty, he could face jail time and will likely lose his job.
Rape allegations are taken very seriously in New York courts, particularly when they are filed against individuals in positions of power or authority. However, the cost of these allegations to the man's personal and professional reputations cannot be measured. While the burden of proof rests with the prosecution, the man's criminal defense team will review the facts of the case to build a solid defense for him in a courtroom setting, ensuring that his rights, including the presumption of innocence, are observed throughout the process.
Source: The Buffalo News, "Correction officer at Lakeview facility charged with third-degree rape", Maki Becker, Dec. 27, 2017